12th & McGraw is the story of Forrest Haskell, Jr. and his coming of age immersed in the Detroit rackets in the1940's. His father, Forrest Haskell, Sr., having been born into near poverty and abused as a child, had acquired a tremendous thirst for wealth. In his quest for riches he operated many different types of businesses, some legal and others not. From a young age Forrest, Jr. worked along side his father and struggled with the corruption, violence, and evil that surrounded him. During these years he encountered many strange and unique characters who had been hired to help run the racketeering and other business operations.
His greatest challenge was dealing with the fallout from his father's double life. For over 50 years Forrest Sr. alternated each night between two separate families. This led to a lifelong identity crisis for young Forrest that haunts him even today. 12th & McGraw chronicles incidents of gun play, a secret language, and a custom-made automobile that was used as a rolling bank. It reveals, in detail, each of the racketeering businesses including the "Blind Pigs," bookmaking, numbers operations, loan sharking, and influence peddling that were commonplace in Detroit and all across the country during that era.
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Born in downtown Detroit in the shadow of the Tiger's Baseball Stadium and into the world with an uncertain future. Forrest spent his young life as well as most of his teenage years involved with his dad in the illegal rackets, mainly booking horses and loan sharking and the numbers. Through hard work, plenty of study and the desire to get out of the rackets, he managed to graduate from Northwestern High School at the early age of 16. A few years later, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent over two years as a military policeman and trainee helicopter pilot in Germany. A few months after his discharge from the military, he met a green-eyed beauty and not wasting any time got her to marry him after a three-month whirlwind courtship. She being a Christian led him to realize that he wanted to find a straight life and raise a family. As luck would have it, upon answering a newspaper ad to sell copy machines for the 3-M company he got the job and it changed his life for the better. Haskell stayed in the copy machine business for over thirty years and being the salesman he was became very successful as an owner of several companies related to the office machine and leasing business.
Wanting to try something new, he sold all his offices to a large company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, moved to Texas and went into the fast lube industry. A few years later when Jiffy Lube bought out all its dealers, Haskell sold out again. This time he and his son spend most of their time racing offshore powerboats on the national circuit.Review:
"...a case study in drive and determination ... that proves that background and upbringing alone does not make the person." -- Louis Scantland - Documentation
"...a peek into the life of an exciting man who didn't play by the rules....A lovely tribute..." -- Molly Martin Reviews-A Thought Provoking Read - 5 Stars
"...an example of a dysfuncial family...a father who loved his son but constantly put him in harmsway..." -- Carole E. Hoff
"A very good piece of non-fiction ... Haskell, a first-time scribe, immerses himself deep within his memories ... -- www.Booksand authors.net October, 2004
"With the childhood he has described, if left to other "worldly" influences, he would never have survived." -- David Bain
The book tells the true tale of Haskell and his life as he grew up in the 1950s. -- The McKinney Courier-Gazette, July 25,2004
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Book Description Bell Books, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 2nd. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1929976291
Book Description Bell Books, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1929976291